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Probate, Estate & Trust Administration

Probate, Estate & Trust Administration

When a loved one dies, there are often matters of probate, estate, or trust administration for grieving family members to deal with. An experienced Denver probate lawyer at Phillips & Associates, PC in Colorado can provide compassionate, knowledgeable representation to guide you through the probate litigation legal process. Contact us today at (303) 741-2400 to get the legal help you need in a difficult time. You may also reach us through our online contact form.

Why Choose A Denver Probate Lawyer From Phillips & Associates, PC?

What is Probate?

Probate is the legal process by which a deceased person’s estate is distributed to designated beneficiaries or heirs of the decedent and debts owed to creditors are paid off. If a valid Last Will and Testament exists, the property of the estate is distributed according to the will. If the decedent died intestate (with no will) the property is distributed to the heirs according to state law.

When Is Probate Required in Denver?

Probate is required whenever someone dies with assets that did not pass automatically to beneficiaries (such as those held in living trusts, joint tenancy, beneficiary designation, payable on death and transfer on death), probate is required. At the law firm of Phillips & Associates, PC, we are experienced in both estate (for someone who died with a valid will) and intestate (for someone who died without a will) probate. Our Denver PR Probate is required whenever someone dies with assets that did not pass automatically to beneficiaries (such as those held in living trusts, joint tenancy, beneficiary designation, payable on death and transfer on death), probate is required. At the law firm of Phillips & Associates, PC, we are experienced in both estate (for someone who died with a valid will) and intestate (for someone who died without a will) probate. Our Denver probate lawyers and Denver elder law attorneys practice in all counties in the south Denver metro area and elsewhere in Colorado. We are also experienced in administering estates held wholly or partially in living trusts.

What Assets Are Not Subject to Probate in Denver?

Not all assets have to go through the probate process. Some transfer automatically upon the death of the owner. Examples include:

What is Informal Probate?

Most Colorado probate court proceedings are informal, wherein heirs and beneficiaries are in accord and there are no creditor problems to resolve. To begin the process, you file an application to serve as a personal representative of the estate with the probate court. When your application is approved by the court, you receive a document known as Letters Testamentary granting you legal authority to act for the estate. There are a series of actions the Personal Representative must take and documents that must be filed with the court before the property can be distributed, the debts and taxes can be paid, and the probate closed with a final accounting and closing statement.

What is a Formal Probate?

Formal probate can be unsupervised or supervised. Both are court proceedings.

What Our Denver Probate Attorney Brings to the Probate and Estate Process

Our probate lawyers bring to the estate and probate process not only significant experience and competence but also compassion and counseling to help families through this difficult period.

Here’s What the Typical Process Looks Like:

From simple situations to complex technical issues, and from good family relations to bitter squabbles, we have guided many families through the legal minefield as well as the difficult personal relationship issues that may arise during the probate litigation process.

Contact Our Probate Attorneys for Experienced and Caring Representation

Call Phillips & Associates, PC law office today at (303) 741-2400 to speak with a Denver probate attorney. You can also fill out the contact form on this website to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

From our offices in Denver, we serve clients throughout the southwest and southeast Metro Area, including (but not limited to) people in Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Castle Rock, Parker, Aurora, Greenwood Village, Englewood, Centennial.

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Reach out today

Discuss your legal needs with an experienced and compassionate lawyer. Your initial estate planning consultation is free, and you are under no obligation to hire us after your consultation.

Call us at (303) 741-2400

7700 E. Arapahoe Road
Suite 100
Centennial, CO 80112

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